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Graduate Research Assistants

IPR graduate research assistants (RAs) work with a faculty advisors on research projects that align with their interests, who are listed along with  students' research interests, contact information, and links to additional biographical details.

2021–22 Graduate Research Assistants
Graduate Research Assistant Research Areas

Robin Bayes

Robin (Xu) Bayes
Political Science

 

  • Science communication
  • Public opinion
  • Political psychology

Karlia Brown

Karlia Brown
Sociology

  • Intersectionality and black feminist thought
  • Prisoner re-entry and the criminal
    justice system
  • Social inequality and stratification

Marget Butler

Margaret Butler
Anthropology

  • Breastfeeding experiences 
  • Perinatal depression physiology 
  • Inequities in maternal healthcare

 

Qile Chen
Linguistics

  • Bilingual speech perception and production
  • Sociolinguistics and gender bias
  • Computational linguistics and natural language processing

 Sarah Collier-Villuame

Sarah Collier Villaume
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Stress biology and cortisol 
  • Poverty policy
  • Welfare reform 

Amanda Cook

Amanda Cook
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • The transition from high school to college
  • Access and success in higher education
  • Higher education policy

Jennifer Cowhy

Jennifer Cowhy
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Policy implementation in schools
  • Special education

Devis Decet

Devis Decet 
Economics

  • Development economics
  • Economic history
  • Political economics

Devis Decet

Sino Esthappan
Sociology

  • Law and Society
  • Legal decision-making
  • Quantification

Fortunate Kelechi Ekwuruke

Fortunate Kelechi Ekwuruke
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Housing insecurity and homelessness
  • Urban education
  • Nonprofit organizations 

Sheridan Fuller

Sheridan Fuller
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Outcomes of children and families' interactions with social safety programs
  • Long-term impacts of public assistance programs 

Nicole Guarino

Nicole Guarino
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Transition from high school to postsecondary education
  • College access and success
  • Identity development

Courtney Meiling Jones
Psychology 

  • Racial identity development in multiracial youth and adults
  • The salience of sociopolitical moments in identity meaning-making
  • Qualitative methods and analysis

Ayah Kamel
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Processes of defining, measuring and incentivizing school quality
  • Impacts of school accountability systems on students, families and communities
  • Participatory and community-based research methods

Sebastian Kiguel

Sebastían Kiguel
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Non-cognitive measures of school quality
  • School climate
  • Long-term impacts of bullying and
    social exclusion in schools
  • Education policy in Latin America

Irene Kwon
Political Science

  • Race, gender, and economic inequality
  • Public opinion and political behavior
  • Quantitative methods and experimental design

Phoebe Lam

Phoebe
Hok Yee Lam

Psychology

  • Health disparities
  • Antecedents and consequences
    of resilience
  • Emotion and emotion regulation

Tina Law

Tina Law
Sociology 

  • Urban inequality
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Computational methods


Jeremy Levy
Jeremy Levy
Political Science

  • Public opinion
  • Political psychology 
  • Ideology, values, and public discourse  

Jennifer Lin
Political Science

  • Affective Polarization
  • Political Geography
  • Public Opinion

 Claire Mackevicius

Claire Mackevicius
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • School funding
  • Private involvement in the provision
    of social programs

 

Matias Martinez
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • School bullying
  • School finance
  • School accountability

James Neely

James Neely
Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Earthquakes and long-term geological processes
  •  Seismic hazards in North America
  • The transform plate boundary development process 

 

Maya Novak-Herzog
Political Science

  • Gender and sexuality
  • Political behavior

Erin Ochoa

Erin M. Ochoa
Sociology

  • Gun violence and community interventions
  • Network, spatial, and computational methods

 

Gershwin Penn
Sociology

  • Educational inequality
  • Education policy and race 
  • Organizational theory

 

 

Caroline Pippert
Political Science

  • American politics
  • Elections and voter turnout
  • Redistricting

Wayne Rivera

Wayne Rivera
Sociology

  • Science and technology studies
  • Emotions, trauma, and violence
  • Networks
  • Medical sociology 

Michelle Shames

Michelle Shames
Sociology

  • Policing
  • Prisons
  • Criminal legal policy reform

 

Abigail (Abby)
L. Smith
Statistics

  • Record linkage
  • Network analysis

 

Warren Snead
Political Science

  • American political development 
  • Public law 
  • Public policy 

Stephens

Jacquelyn Stephens
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Adaptive development across the lifespan
  • Emotional functioning in interpersonal contexts
  • The ways that stress and emotions get "under the skin" to influence health and well-being

Time Viragh

Timea Viragh
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Early childhood education
  • Family labor supply
  • Family well-being 

Rose Werth

Rose Werth
Sociology

  • Urban and community sociology
  • Networks and community-based organizations
  • Criminal justice and violence prevention

Beiming Yang

Beiming Yang
Human Development
and Social Policy

  • Adolescent development
  • Parenting
  • Cultural differences